Team Dominican Republic: Right-Handed Pitcher Roansy Contreras & Left-Handed Pitcher Jarlín García
Future ace Roansy Contreras shined in his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022, posting a 3.79 ERA, a 4.38 FIP. struck out 86 batters, only walked 39 batters, and had a 1.27 WHIP across 95 innings pitched and 18 starts. At just 23 years old, Contreras has a bright future with the Pirates and will be the youngest Pirates Major Leaguer in the World Baseball Classic.
Joining Contreras will be veteran left-handed pitcher Jarlín García. García was signed to a 1-year deal earlier in the offseason by the Pirates in order to add a serviceable left-handed pitcher out of the bullpen. In three seasons with the San Francisco Giants, García posted a combined 2.84 ERA, a 3.90 FIP, struck out 138 batters, only walked 43 batters, and had a 1.07 WHIP across 152 innings pitched. Last season, García limited left-handed batters to just a .198 batting average but struggled against righties and allowed 10 home runs.
Both pitchers should be great additions to Team Dominican Republic and fun players to watch in spring training.